1800s – Today
In the nineteenth century, Center Church was privileged to have a number of distinguished ministers, but the most famous was Leonard Bacon, whose pastorate extended to more than a half a century (1825-1881) and who was a Professor of Religion at Yale from 1866 to 1881.
His “Slavery Discussed” in Occasional Essays from 1833 to 1846 (1846) significantly influenced the views of Lincoln on slavery.
There are still a few members of the congregation, who remember the emotional preaching of the Reverend Oscar Maurer, who was pastor of the church for much of the twentieth century (1909-1943).
Today, In the twenty-first century, Center Church remains proud of its past, but looks forward to the future and sharing the good news to all those it encounters.